Rotating into view this week is a long prominence suspended above the Sun’s surface, demonstrating the intricate pushing and pulling of magnetic forces on strands of plasma.
Prominences are quite unstable and often erupt. Only time will tell how long this one will hold together.
The images were taken in extreme ultraviolet light.
Date: May 13–15, 2015
Instrument: Atmospheric Imaging Assembly
Wavelength: 304 Å (Angstrom: a unit of length used primarily to measure light wavelengths. 1 Å equal to 0.1 nanometer.)
Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA
Solar Dynamics Observatory: sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/
SDO's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA): aia.lmsal.com/
Image: Grilled Palm Maggots, Ecuador by Guttorm Flatabø (CC BY-SA 3.0)
On display at the in the Hall of Primitive Mammals:
Specimen: FAM 95737, collected by T. Galusha, 1939, Dry Mountain, Graham County, Arizona
Photo: My own, free to use under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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